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Did you know that… TwoNav lets you analyze tracks using laps?

This week in “Did you know that…”, we show you how to analyze the laps created in any TwoNav GPS in detail.

As we explained earlier in another installment of “Did you know that…”, TwoNav lets you subdivide the track you’re navigating into laps based on time or distance.

At the end of the activity, if you download Land you’ll be able to analyze your track more accurately thanks to more than 80 data fields and graphs that Land puts at your disposal. Land is the perfect tool for analyzing your workouts or outings in full.

WHAT TYPES OF LAPS ARE THERE?

There are two types of laps:

  • Automatic laps: The track is divided into sections of equal size based on a fixed interval (every kilometer, every hour, etc.).

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  • Manual laps: These are sections of the track that are not necessarily the same size (distance or time). With manual laps, it’s the user who decides where to start a new lap.

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HOW CAN I DISPLAY LAPS?

You’ll be able to see the laps (both manual and automatic):

  • Overlaid on the map

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  • In the data tree

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  • On the listing of laps

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HOW CAN I ANALYZE AUTOMATIC LAPS?

Thanks to Land, you’ll be able to see the automatic laps for your track from the comfort of your home and analyze them using graphs and comparison tables:

  1. Open the track you want to analyze.

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  1. In the map window, open the context menu for the track and select ‘Laps > Autolaps’. Then decide whether to subdivide the track into laps based on time or distance:
  • Autolaps by distance: By default, the track will be divided into 1-kilometer laps.
  • Autolaps by time: By default, the track will be divided into 1-hour laps.

Note: To modify either of the two intervals above (for example, divide the track into 5-kilometer laps instead of 1-kilometer), change it directly by going into ‘Main menu > File > Options > Track > Autolaps’.

  1. Land will also highlight each lap using a different color.

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HOW CAN I ANALYZE MANUAL LAPS?

If the automatic laps aren’t enough to analyze your performance on the track, Land lets you create your own manual laps, meaning you can specify the start and end of each lap  to suit your needs.

  1. Open the track you want to analyze.
  1. In the map window, open the context menu over the point on the track where you want to start a new lap and select ‘Laps > Change of lap here’.

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  1. In addition, Land will highlight the new lap using a different color from the rest of the track.

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Note: You can readjust or erase the area covered by a lap at any time by simply setting a new lap start and end point. To do so, press ‘Move lap start to this point’ or ‘Move lap end to this point’.

  1. If you want to create more laps, repeat the above steps as often as you need.

WHAT FEATURES CAN I USE WITH LAPS?

In addition to creating and analyzing laps, Land offers the following options:

  • Save lap: The selected lap will be saved as an independent track.
  • Unify laps: All of the laps will be merged into a single track.
  • Delete lap: The selected lap will be deleted and the two adjacent points will be joined using a straight line.

It couldn’t be easier. Now it’s time to practice.

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Did you know that Land and TwoNav let you customise the look of your tracks?

This week in “Did you know…?”, we discuss the many possibilities that Land and TwoNav offer to let you freely customise your tracks so you can get the most out of them.

One of the most powerful tools in Land and TwoNav is track customisation, especially so you can see them clearly over any type of map, even when more than one map is loaded. You can modify tracks from:

  •  The properties of a specific track (the changes will only be applied to that track)
  • The general Land and TwoNav settings (the changes will be applied to every track loaded)

TRACK PROPERTIES

More than anything, any good user of Land or TwoNav loves the endless possibilities our software offers to change how tracks look. These are some of the most important customisation properties:

Track colour

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Track width

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Track line type

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Edit these and many other properties from:

  • Land: ‘Select track > Click on the button bar > Select View category’
  • TwoNav: ‘Main menu > Files > Tracks > Select track > Select View category’

Note: These properties will be saved in tracks with the *.TRK format (they will not be saved in tracks with the *.GPX format)

GENERAL LAND AND TWONAV SETTINGS

Track with directional arrow

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Even using the above properties, it’s often hard to know what direction the track is going. If you enable this option, you will see the direction of the track overlaid on top.

Show directional arrows from:

  • Land: ‘Main menu > Options > Tracks > Draw arrows over the track’
  • TwoNav: ‘Main menu > Full settings > Map page > Objects on map > Tracks > Draw arrows over the track’

Variable colour tracks

One of the least-known features of Land and TwoNav is the option to show a track with various colours that represent the how a field changes over the course of a route (altitude, speed, slope, time, heart rate…).

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This tool provides visual cues to give you an overall idea of the track. In other words, if you select the “Altitude” field, Land/TwoNav will show you the altitude along the track route (the brighter the colour, the higher the altitude at that point).

Enable the track gradient from:

  • Land: ‘Button bar > Track variable color’
  • TwoNav: ‘Main menu > Full settings > Map page > Objects on map > Tracks > Track variable color’

Look of the navigated track

If you’re navigating, Land and TwoNav let you highlight the track so you don’t have to strain your eyes and can instead enjoy your outdoor activities.

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Of the many possibilities available, we would like to point out the option of showing the current track with a double line, of changing its thickness, or even its colour:

  • Land: ‘Main menu > Options > Navigation > Tracklog’.
  • TwoNav: ‘Main menu > Full settings > Map page > Objects on map > Tracks > Navigated track’
Track colour by laps

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If a track is divided into laps, open it and you can analyse the track laps with visual cues that show each lap in a different colour. To change the colour of a lap, go directly into that lap’s properties and change its colour:

  • Land: ‘Select lap > Click Properties on the button bar > Select View category’
  • TwoNav: ‘Main menu > Files > Tracks > Select track > Lap analysis > Select lap > Properties’

Both Land and TwoNav let you analyse automatic segments, in which case they will be shown in alternating colours. To turn off the alternating colours, press ‘Automatic laps on map’ in the advanced settings.

It couldn’t be easier. Now it’s time to practice.

 

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A few tips about formats and GPX

Adventures when enjoyed with friends, are twice as good. And yet unfortunately we cannot always head out with others, in which case we love to share our tracks! There are currently dozens of platforms dedicated just for this purpose. There are also those whose main function is to allow users to store and organize all the data on their training sessions however they like. Whether we use the former, the latter or both format compatibility is always a concern.

TwoNav has its own file format: TRK , but it also boasts the big plus that one can also use BTRK, an extension referring to a unique and fantastic navigation format known as Roadbook. There is no easier and more intuitive system today to follow a track: it features a navigation system that runs all by itself with both visual and acoustic signs all along the way, so users barely have to pay attention to the GPS screen. It also allows you to include all kinds of additional information, like coordinates, photos, videos, descriptions, links and icons for the most significant sites on your routes.

Our TwoNav devices, in addition to TRK, also work with almost all the universal formats such as GPX, TCX, PLT and even KML and KMZ. Amongst all these the most widely used is GPX, a format compatible with many other services. Most sports management platforms where you can share tracks support this format.

If  you are a regular user of this kind of platform you will probably be interested in the fact that our TwoNav devices records directly in the GPX format. It is possible and also very simple to set up your device so that it directly records in it. To do so you just go to the main menu on the TwoNav device and follows these steps:

>Settings (the gear icon in our main menu, shown in the pictures)

> Full Set-up

> Tracklog

> File

> File Format (Once here you will be able to choose the GPX format.)

However you may find yourself needing to share tracks that you had previously recorded in TRK. This is no problem because the format conversion can also be done later thanks to our Land software, and in a very simple way: just open the track in Land and, when you save it again choose the formatting option you want, in this case GPX. It´s that simple. The only thing to keep in mind is that this new format will not retain certain information, such as track color or width, although it will conserve the most relevant aspects: such as those recorded by the external sensors (heart rate monitor, cadence sensor, potentiometer), and obviously the path.

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OSM explained by TwoNav

Open Street Map, explained

OSM (Open Street Map) is a collaborative system that, to put it simply, is something like the Wikipedia of maps. The project came about in 2004, headed up by Steve Coast, but has needed years and, above all, the support of almost two million users who, free of charge, have added cartographic data daily to make it the great information source it is today.

The Open Street Map is a massive database of free and editable map data. The maps that make it up can be created by any user, using geographic information captured by mobile GPS devices, like our TwoNavs, orthophotos, and other free sources. It is estimated that the number of users grows 10% every month, and 90,000 km of new roads alone are added each week. The numbers would be even greater if we included types of data, like paths and trails, roads, points of interest, etc. The quantity and quality of information on the Open Street Map system varies greatly, depending directly on the work done by users. Countries like Germany and the Netherlands have succeeded in achieving very high levels of quality in their contributions to the project, while in less developed countries the information is more limited. In some regions Open Street Map may even include areas that are not covered by any commercially-available map product.

Open Street Map is a must for Outdoor lovers, and TwoNav wants to make it clear, with a great offer on OSM maps

In 2014 an update was carried out that significantly improved the system: in addition to expanding information, updating the street guide, and introducing aesthetic adjustments, automatic routing was incorporated. Now a user only has to indicate a starting point and destination on the map, and our software automatically provides the optimal route for his activity.

As is only logical for a project of this nature, neither TwoNav nor any other entity can be held responsible for the accuracy of the data provided. What do we have to do with this system, then? At TwoNav we have invested a lot of time and effort processing maps to make them more enjoyable, user-friendly and, above all, compatible with our Land and Air software and TwoNav devices. Now our users can take advantage of the information available on Open Street Map, easily and conveniently.

Despite all the work that this has entailed, at TwoNav we really strive to recognize these types of projects, and applaud all the users/volunteers who make them possible. Thus, we wanted to maintain this “open” spirit and offer maps at a very low price: €2 for an entire country. We also include maps from around the world with the purchase of one of our GPS devices.

Happy navigation to all!

Total compatibility with tracks and waypoints

Total compatibility with tracks and waypoints

Did you know that… TwoNav allows total compatibility with your own tracks and waypoints?

• Load Tracks
With TwoNav you will be able to upload an unlimited number of tracks, waypoints and routes, with no size and format limitations.

• Load Roadbooks
While using TwoNav you can transfer to an unlimited number of Roadbooks and tracks with photos, texts and more descriptive files.

• Record Tracks
Moreover, TwoNav allows the user to record tracks with many waypoints and specifications with no need to worry where to save them as they will be automatically saved.

Download Track and Trail TwoNav

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Synchronize photos from a recorded track

Synchronize photos from a recorded track

Did you know that… while using Land you can insert photos of your trips to the exact point where they were taken?

This is one of the possibilities offered by the software Land. All you need is a recorded track and a camera (it must refer the snapshots that you take by time). Let’s see the process!

First of all, open your track to see it on screen and download your photos by placing them into a folder of your computer.

Open track with CompeGPS Land software

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